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Copyright, Fair Use, & Plagiarism for Faculty

MWCC makes every effort to assure the accuracy of the information in this guide, but does not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult your own attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.

How can I tell if something is in the public domain?


Public Domain Slider

This handy tool allows you to decide if a work is protected by copyright and published first in the U.S.A. Once the copyright on a work expires, the work is considered to be in the public domain and can be freely duplicated, used, and altered. The following will help you determine if a work is in the public domain: (Requires FLASH)

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